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Forming 280 Rem from 30-06?

I recently acquired a 280 Remington in 700 BDL. I have FL RCBS dies for the gun and lots of 30-06 brass. How do I go about using my '06 brass and sizing it for the 280? Can I simply run it through my sizer die? I'm new to reloading. Only reloaded a few boxes worth of ammo so far. On a side note, I'll take any info/advice on this caliber since it is new to me.

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How do I go about using my '06 brass and sizing it for the 280? Can I simply run it through my sizer die? I'm new to reloading.
The only way to make 280 Rem brass from 30-06 is to partially resize the neck to from a false shoulder with a .002"-.003" crush fit for proper head clearance otherwise you run the risk of case head separations. The 280 is .050" longer than the 30-06 casehead to shoulder.

Basically the same as this, a 222 Rem Mag (left) partially neck sized to 20 caliber for fire forming, the formed 204 on the right.


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Re: Forming 280 Rem from 30-06?

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How do I go about using my '06 brass and sizing it for the 280? Can I simply run it through my sizer die? I'm new to reloading.
The only way to make 280 Rem brass from 30-06 is to partially resize the neck to from a false shoulder with a .002"-.003" crush fit for proper head clearance otherwise you run the risk of case head separations. The 280 is .050" longer than the 30-06 casehead to shoulder.

Basically the same as this, a 222 Rem Mag (left) partially neck sized to 20 caliber for fire forming, the formed 204 on the right.


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Yep, what he said. I started out doing it, but decided it wasn't worth the effort, powder, or bullets to fireform the cases. Here is the progression from .30-06 to .280:



The loaded round, fourth from left, is a light charge which must be used to move the shoulder forward.
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Re: Forming 280 Rem from 30-06?

Thank you for the info. I think it will be in my best interest to just buy some 280 brass!

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Midway has good prices on brass agreed with Bill not worth the effort.
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How do I go about using my '06 brass and sizing it for the 280? Can I simply run it through my sizer die? I'm new to reloading.
The only way to make 280 Rem brass from 30-06 is to partially resize the neck to from a false shoulder with a .002"-.003" crush fit for proper head clearance otherwise you run the risk of case head separations. The 280 is .050" longer than the 30-06 casehead to shoulder.

Basically the same as this, a 222 Rem Mag (left) partially neck sized to 20 caliber for fire forming, the formed 204 on the right.


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Yep, what he said. I started out doing it, but decided it wasn't worth the effort, powder, or bullets to fireform the cases. Here is the progression from .30-06 to .280:



The loaded round, fourth from left, is a light charge which must be used to move the shoulder forward.

This was the same thing I had to do when I was making .308 norma mag loads out of .338 brass. That got old quick.
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